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Tyft by Hilmar Jensson

Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson plays electric and acoustic guitars and electronics masterfully on Tyft. Abetted by Jim Black (drums, melodica, electronics and virtual instruments) and Andrew D’Angelo (alto sax, bass clarinet and electronics), this improvised set is wholly hypnotic and atmospheric, "art" at it’s most proficient and pointed best. The trio mesh sounds, ideas, patchworks of squeaks and squawks, buzzes, and percussive explosions exquisitely. There are elements of Albert Ayler and Sonny Sharrock in the mix, though Jensson is original and derivations may be hard to pinpoint, particularly in his acoustic work. Tension-and-release is thematic here with a series of quick pastiches ("Three Oily Tuesdays" is 1:21 and "Yolanda" clocks in at under a minute) woven among the more adventurous and extended pieces, such as the 8-minute plus "Uncle Fishhook," that opens so quiet as to cause a check to be certain the disc is in and builds to a very slow crescendo. Excellent.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Hilmar Jensson
  • CD Title: Tyft
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Songlines
  • Rating: Four Stars
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